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The President Wants Every Student to Learn Computer Science. How Would That Work?
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The President Wants Every Student to Learn Computer Science. How Would That Work?

President Obama used his final State of the Union address Tuesday night to reflect on his legacy. But he also put forth some specific proposals for his remaining...

Machines, Lost in Translation: The Dream of ­Universal ­Understanding
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Machines, Lost in Translation: The Dream of ­Universal ­Understanding

It was early 1954 when computer scientists, for the first time, publicly revealed a machine that could translate between human languages. It became known as the...

China's Internet Forum May Provide a Peek at Its Cyber-Ambitions
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China's Internet Forum May Provide a Peek at Its Cyber-Ambitions

Heads of state, including the prime ministers of Pakistan and Russia, and major technology firms will gather Wednesday in Wuzhen, a picturesque little town of canals...

What Can—or Should—internet Companies Do to Fight Terrorism?
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What Can—or Should—internet Companies Do to Fight Terrorism?

After the recent attacks in Paris and in San Bernardino, Calif., social media platforms are under pressure from politicians to do more to take down messages and...

A Tiny Pill Monitors Vital Signs from Deep Inside the Body
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A Tiny Pill Monitors Vital Signs from Deep Inside the Body

After testing all the pieces of a tiny pill-size device, Albert Swiston sent it on a unique journey: through the guts of six live Yorkshire pigs.

Could Your Social Media Footprint Step On Your Credit History?
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Could Your Social Media Footprint Step On Your Credit History?

In December 1912, financier John Pierpont "J.P." Morgan testified in Washington before the Bank and Currency Committee of the House of Representatives investigating...

It's Not Just Vw: A Robust Market For Reprogramming Vehicles
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It's Not Just Vw: A Robust Market For Reprogramming Vehicles

Lawmakers want to know more about Volkswagen's massive cheat—how the automaker used software to crank up the power on a vehicle, and then hide the fact.

Dartmouth Football's Brilliant Dummies
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Dartmouth Football's Brilliant Dummies

Wearing a green Dartmouth College jersey, the newest player on the school's football team readies for action during a preseason practice.

How Close Are We Really to a Robot-Run Society?
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How Close Are We Really to a Robot-Run Society?

From Rosie, the Jetsons' robot maid, to Arnold Schwarzenegger's cyborg in The Terminator, popular culture has frequently conceived of robots as having a human-like...

Diy Tractor Repair Runs Afoul of Copyright Law
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Diy Tractor Repair Runs Afoul of Copyright Law

The iconic image of the American farmer is the man or woman who works the land, milks cows and is self-reliant enough to fix the tractor. But like a lot of mechanical...

Beam Me Up? Teleporting Is Real, Even If Trekkie Transport Isn't
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Beam Me Up? Teleporting Is Real, Even If Trekkie Transport Isn't

"I have a hard time saying this with a straight face, but I will: You can teleport a single atom from one place to another," says Chris Monroe, a biophysicist at...

Getting 'physical' and Emotional in Virtual Reality
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Getting 'physical' and Emotional in Virtual Reality

If you think about virtual reality, you probably think of it as the place where gamers don an Oculus headset and go shoot up enemies in 3D or travel space.

Attention White-Collar Workers: The Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs
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Attention White-Collar Workers: The Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs

From the self-checkout aisle of the grocery store to the sports section of the newspaper, robots and computer software are increasingly taking the place of humans...

Biometrics May Ditch the Password, But Not the Hackers
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Biometrics May Ditch the Password, But Not the Hackers

Passwords get hacked—a lot.

After Snowden, the Nsa Faces Recruitment Challenge
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After Snowden, the Nsa Faces Recruitment Challenge

Daniel Swann is exactly the type of person the National Security Agency would love to have working for it.

What If Web Search Results Were Based on Accuracy?
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What If Web Search Results Were Based on Accuracy?

Imagine, for a moment, that every Web search gave only accurate, verified information.

Someday Soon, You May Pay Your Restaurant Bill With A Retina Scan
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Someday Soon, You May Pay Your Restaurant Bill With A Retina Scan

The past 30 years have seen payments shift from cash and checks to debit cards and websites, and most recently to mobile phone apps, including Apple Pay and ...

New Clock May End Time As We Know It
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New Clock May End Time As We Know It

"My own personal opinion is that time is a human construct," says Tom O'Brian.

New Players in the Nba: Big Data, ­ser-Controlled Jumbotrons
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New Players in the Nba: Big Data, ­ser-Controlled Jumbotrons

The NBA ushered in the new season this past week, and fans at the Staples Center for the Los Angeles Clippers' opening game had access to some new toys.

From Brain To Computer: Helping 'locked-In' Patient Get His Thoughts Out
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From Brain To Computer: Helping 'locked-In' Patient Get His Thoughts Out

In 2009, a man named Barry Beck suffered a series of strokes, which caused extensive damage to his right occipital lobe and to the brain stem.
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